Bored? Broke? 👉 Savvy Saver

Quakecon shakes up Grapevine this weekend

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

GRAPEVINE-- Hundreds of people are expected at QuakeCon at the Gaylord Texan this weekend. Among the gamers, you can find tons of vendors showcasing the latest and greatest in gaming.

Brian Jeffreys and his son Adam are part of Nonpareil, a non-profit group out of Plano that makes video games for PCs and mobile devices. What sets the company apart is its programmers. They're adults with autism.

“We’re so excited to be here at QuakeCon because NonPareil is a non-profit and we work with adults on the autism spectrum to help them learn technology skills like building video games,” Brian Jeffereys said.

So these guys are creating job opportunities for people who often have a tough time finding jobs.

“We meet so many young people with autism who come and say 'I tried college and it didn’t work out for me, I tried to find a job they won't hire me because I don`t have the skills to interview.' So what we're trying to do is give them the confidence and the skills to be able to really do something. To have artistic  and world design and computer programing and all kinds of skills.”

The game you can download now for PC and mobile is called “Lightwire.”

“I definitely say its a game of a lot of first for us as a studio, like doing image cut scenes, characters, that kind of thing and it’s a little rough, mainly, but it`s pretty good,” Adam Jeffereys said

“Lightwire” is available now from the app store and Steam. As for QuakeCon, it all ends on Saturday, but until then it`s game on.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.